Repro ID: PW4967
Title: A sailor.
Description: Sailors were assigned to various jobs according to their skill. There were topmen who worked on the masts, forecastle men who looked after the anchors and gunner's crews. At the end of one voyage they might be drafted straight away to another ship and were often at sea for several years. Before 1857 there was no uniform for seamen who usually wore baggy trousers with a short blue jacket, their hair tied in a pigtail.
Creator: T. Rowlandson
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London